Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Although Diane di Prima (dee PREE-muh) is best known for her poetry, she has published more than twenty volumes of poetry and prose and has written and produced a substantial number of plays. She is the author of two prose memoirs, the highly erotic novel-memoir Memoirs of a Beatnik (1969, 1988), which contributed significantly to making her the most widely known woman poet of the Beat generation, and Recollections of My Life as a Woman: The New York Years, a Memoir (2001), a remembrance of her growing feminist consciousness in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Di Prima has also translated poems from Latin and written several treatises on Paracelsus, the sixteenth century alchemist and physician. She has expressed her opinions on poetics, politics, feminism, and the Beat generation in numerous interviews.